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Apr 8 / The Architect

Preview of my Citrix Synergy agenda, my session highlights & iCAL downloads

Citrix Synergy

If you’ve seen my Ultimate Synergy guide, or Synergy on a budget posts, you’ll know I’m a Citrix Synergy regular (and iForum before it became Synergy) so I though I’d share my planned agenda with you in advance. I’ll probably refer back to this myself to ensure I’m not missing a key session that I had planned to attend!

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Feb 25 / The Architect

My guide to Citrix Synergy on a budget+a hotel group booking offer

The annual Citrix Conference, Synergy, is rapidly approaching and people are starting to make their travel plans.

If you’re like me, an independent consultant responsible for his own travel expenses, or even an employer looking to minimise your staffs travel costs, this post is for you!

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Feb 24 / The Architect

The ultimate Citrix Synergy survival guide – 2015 edition

I’ve published this Ultimate Synergy Survival guide now for three years running and it’s always popular with both regulars and newbies. Now updated with 2015 links, content and Orlando-specific information. It’s a living document, so will be subject to updates as we get nearer the conference.

Hope you find it useful!

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Jan 30 / The Architect

Are Citrix penalising small independent partners?


At the recent Citrix partner conference, Citrix announced sweeping changes to their Solution Adviser channel partner program.

The main changes are that bigger discounts on SRP are now offered to partners who classify under one of four new Citrix Specialist tracks:

  • Virtualisation
  • Mobility Management
  • Networking for data centre
  • Networking for App and mobile security

Citrix are also throwing in a number of ancillary benefits:

  • Increased competitive differentiation
  • Incremental Specialist discounts and rewards
  • Increased profitability with short ROI
  • Recognition for technical expertise via Citrix endorsement
  • Strengthened trust and engagement with Citrix sales team

All sounds great right? Anyone who relies on Citrix for their business would be foolish not register. Indeed it does, until you start to dig into the entry requirements.

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Jan 11 / The Architect

Problems adding XenServer to a domain and specifying the OU

I recently encountered a bizarre XenServer issue which I though I’d share as it will save you some time if you encounter the same. I was surprised there was no information already available about it, and Googling the error (which is generally a good first step) only showed up one very old forum thread for XenServer.
Updated 19/01/15 with details of the FQDN hostname issue affecting domain joins

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Oct 18 / The Architect

Stuff for sale

Being a teccie, I tend to accumulate lots of kit which invariably sits around gathering dust, so every so often I have a clear-out, and this is it!

HP ProLiant Microservers x 2 (new)

These are brand new, in sealed boxes from an aborted project. Make ideal small home lab servers. The will run ESXi, XenServer or HyperV. I use one to run my home automation system.

  • HP Proliant N36L MicroServer 1P (HP part number 633724-421)
  • Form Factor: MicroServer
  • Processor: AMD Athlon II Model NEO N36L (2 Core, 1.30GHz 1MB L2, 15W)
  • L2 Cache: 2MB L2
  • Memory: 1024MB PC3-10600E UDIMMs DDR3
  • Memory Slots: 2 DIMM Slots
  • Maximum Internal Memory: 8GB
  • Number of Hard Drives Supported: (4)LFF SATA; non-hot plug
  • Hard Disk Controller: Integrated 4 Port SATA RAID
  • Standard Srorage Connection: Non-hot plug 3.5 Inch SATA
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Operating System: None
  • Networking: (1) 1GbE NC107i 1 Port
  • £99 ONO for collection or can post for £9.60 to most UK addresses.

Dell Intel dual port PCI Gigabit NIC  (new x 2)

  • Part number 01P8D1
  • £20ONO

 Crucial 2Gb DDR3 PC3-8500 Unbuffered ECC RAM modules (new x 8)

  • Part number CT25672BA1067
  • Form Factor: UDIMM
  • Module Size: 2GB
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Specs: DDR3 PC3-8500 • CL=7 • Unbuffered • ECC • DDR3-1066 • 1.5V • 256Meg x 72
  • Suitable for use in the HP MicroServers above.
  • £19 ONO


More stuff to be added soon. Contact me if you are interested in any of the above.

Sep 30 / The Architect

XenApp 7.6 first look – part one: upgrading from 7.5

Citrix released the new version of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 on September 30th. It’s very much a point release, introducing some features that got removed from the architecture change from IMA in 6.5 to FMA in 7/7.5.

The full list of what’s new can be found on eDocs.

My top three feature picks

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Apr 25 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part seven (HA & load balancing changes)

This is part seven of a series looking at XenApp 7.5 & 7.6.

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user
Part six – new policy filtering options available

For those familiar with the way Load Balancing works in XenApp 6.5, the changes in 7.5 are quite radical.

Gone are the load balancing policies one is used to. Also gone are the worker groups that we used to silo servers, for both application and server grouping, and to perform server fail-over between sites. Gone is the ability to have single global farms, and use zones to segregate our servers into data-centre sized groups with the ability to fail over one region to another.

Some of the topics raised in this post form part of a talk I’m giving at GeekSpeak Tonight at Synergy LA. If you’re a follower of the blog or follow me on twitter do stop and say hi!

Everything has changed. And not all in a good way. Let’s dig deeper

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Apr 10 / The Architect

First look: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.5 – part six (new policy filtering options)

This is part six of a series looking at XenApp 7.5.

Part one – What’s new, and installation
Part two – Configuring the first site
Part three – Preparing my XenApp template image
Part Four – Creating the machine catalog to give me a hosting platform
Part five – Creating the delivery group to publish apps and desktops to user
This part – new policy filtering options available
In Part seven I examine some of the load balancing and fail-over changes

If you are familiar with XenApp 6.x policy framework, you’ll probably be applying (or filtering as Citrix calls it) computer policies to either individual servers, worker groups, or Active Directory OUs. XenApp 7.5 has done away with the concept of worker groups, but there are several new ways of applying/filtering XenApp policies that provide even more granularity over worker groups.

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Apr 6 / The Architect

I’m helping Build Croydon at London Technology Week

I’m pleased to support the Lives not Knives charity in their Build Croydon event on June 16th, part of London Technology Week.

I’ll be repeating a talk I gave recently to Old Palace Whiftgift school careers fair on working in the IT field, about the kind of work I do as a Cloud Infrastructure Architect, my journey through education and university, and some of the pro and cons of working as an IT consultant.

Exact timings have yet to be announced, but you can register for the event here.

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